Calling all actors
"The Day of the Rice Cake Coupon" is a short film, to be shot in Derby in May by Olivia Snyder-Spak.
Snyder-Spak is a former Amity student and is currently a senior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.
She is shooting this film as her culminating thesis project.
Adams Super Food Store on Route 34 in Derby has generously offered their store location for the shooting of the film, which will enhance the authenticity of the production, Snyder-Spak said.
The story is a semi-autobiographical comedy inspired by Snyder-Spak's experiences working at a local grocery store during high school, she said.
It centers around several teenagers who work in a supermarket and features their interactions with a variety of quirky customers, she said.
The script started out as a short story Snyder-Spak wrote for her high school newspaper. In college, she reworked it into a script that went on to win the Laing Scriptwriting Award and the White River Indie Film Award.
The film production is being funded by awards won by the script and by grants, Snyder-Spak said.
The final film will be submitted to festivals nationwide.
Snyder-Spak credits her enrollment during high school in the ACES Educational Center for the Arts in New Haven with creating her first interest in the performing arts.
ECA is the state's oldest Interdistrict Magnet School dedicated to the arts and is unique in that it allows the student to attend their home town school half of the day and immerse themselves in the arts at the ECA facility during the remainder of their day; students graduate from their home school, she noted.
During her years at Dartmouth Snyder-Spak has worked within and outside the Dartmouth curriculum to broaden her experience, she said.
Most recently she worked as an assistant to a creative executive at Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles during the productions of Salt and Zombieland. She also has worked as an assistant producer and assistant editor to an independent documentary director, which earned her first listing in the Internet Movie Database - that's IMDB.com.
Snyder-Spak said intends to fill some of the production and acting roles with local high school students. Auditions for the project will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. March 19 at the Woodbridge Community Center, on Center Road. Parts are available for a wide range of ages. Anyone interested in acting or being involved in film production should contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org